Associations

Many dividing lines run across and through the jewelry industry. Manufacturer. . . retailer. Chain store. . . independent. Importer. . . manufacturer. Under 40. . . over 40. Men. . . women. Perhaps none is as little noticed as association member. . . non-association member. For a small industry, jewelry seems to have an extraordinary number of associations, well over 100 by conservative count. Almost all regularly solicit new members and commitments of their cash and time. The critical issue in these busy, demanding 1990s is time. There’s just not enough of it. Consider that an active jeweler might reasonably be invited to be a member of at least 10 “basic” groups or organizations from a grass-roots state association to a high-intensity jewelers’ research group. Add to that list the jeweler’s community commitments to Rotary or Kiwanis Club, bank boards, hospital advisory co
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